Benefiel’s Carpet Cleaning, recommends the following tips for maintaining your carpet and upholstery:
WINTER CARPET CLEANING TIPS
The winter season is a cold, messy season in which moisture in the form of snow and ice is tracked routinely into the house. The ice and snow can find its way to your carpets, leaving wet spots and stains on your carpet and even upholstery.
There’s nothing we can do about the weather but we can give you some tips to help keep your carpets clean during the winter months.
* REMOVING SALT STAINS
1. In a spray bottle, mix ½ warm water and ½ white vinegar. A dish-washing detergent solution may be used instead, but it may not be as effective.
2. Spray the stained area with the solution. If you’re not using a spray bottle, just pour a small amount into the area.
3. Use a brush or a cloth to gently stir the salt to the surface.
4. Press a dry, clean towel over the wet area, dabbing gently so you don’t force the stain further into the carpet.
5. You can follow with a wet/dry vacuum to get out any excess salt or solution.
6. Make sure the area is well ventilated as it dries since vinegar is a very strong smell.
* TACKLING DIRTY SNOW/SLUSH STAINS
1. If the slush or snow is still frozen, remove any excess from your carpet with a dry cloth.
2. Mix soap and hot water and apply to a clean cloth; press the carpet to remove the stain, working from the outside to the center until the stain is gone.
3. Rinse the carpet with a little bit of cold water and use a clean, dry towel to pat dry.
4. Once the carpet is fully dry, vacuum up any dirt that remains.
* PROTECT YOUR CARPET FROM FUTURE STAINS
1. Keep your walkway free of snow and slush by shoveling, snow blowing or hiring a snow-removal service.
2. Avoid the dirty snow altogether if you can by parking and entering your house through a garage.
3. Set up a shoe rack at your front door and ask that family members and guests remove their shoes at the door
4. Invest in two welcome mats–one to stomp on outside and remove as much snow as possible and one inside to stand on while removing shoes.
5. Use runners or winter rugs along heavily trafficked hallways and rooms.
6. Put a pen surrounding your pet door so pets can come inside, but can’t leave a rug-covered area until you get the chance to wipe their paws.